Police caution public on crossing flooding rivers

08 Mar 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) -The Namibian Police (NamPol) has warned the public to be alert when crossing rivers or steams following the death of eight people who were swept away by flooded streams last month.
NamPol's Major-General James Tjivikua explained that in some areas, swamps are over flowing due to heavy rains and flood water from neighbouring countries.
“The police is currently busy searching in the rivers for bodies of people who were swept away by flooding rivers,” he said.
He said an Australian couple was recently rescued after they got cut-off by the flooded Ugab river on Saturday, which they attempted to cross.
The public should not underestimate the depth of the flooded rivers and attempt to cross by foot or by vehicle as they might be swept away by the strong flow, Tjivikua advised, urging parents to prevent children from playing in water pans.
“It is advisable to wait until the flows subside and then cross or use alternative routes,” he said.